Issue 10
Monday, 07 December 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
From left: Aunty Bilawara Lee, Vicki Kerrigan and Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO at the Ask the Specialist podcast launch
From left: Aunty Bilawara Lee, Vicki Kerrigan and Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO at the Ask the Specialist podcast launch

NT podcast recognised on national stage

By Carl Pfeiffer

A Northern Territory podcast designed to inspire better healthcare has picked up a silver medal for Smartest Podcast at the Australian Podcast Awards. 

‘Ask the Specialist’ is a cultural education podcast which answers doctors’ questions about working with Aboriginal patients at Top End hospitals.

“The Specialists” are Larrakia Elder Bilawara Lee, Tiwi Elder Pirrawayingi Puruntatameri and Yol?u leader Rarrtjiwuy Melanie Herdman. Kriol and Burrara interpreter Bernadette Nethercott from the NT Aboriginal Interpreter Service also shares expertise.

Menzies School of Health Research PhD candidate and lead podcast creator Vicki Kerrigan said she was “completely chuffed” that the podcast had been recognised on a national stage.

“To be recognised by a panel of over sixty international and Australian judges working in the podcast sector is a pretty darn good effort for a little podcast created in the NT,” she said.  

“It suggests that the content has relevance beyond our primary audience of medical doctors in the Top End – the feedback indicated the messages are applicable to anyone in a cultural environment working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.”

The podcast has gone global with listeners on nearly every continent since its launch in Darwin in August. 

It has also been described by NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sally Sievers as having “the potential to save lives and address systemic racism”.